Pokémon Charizard card sold for $420,000 at auction

Trading cards of this high-flying, fire-breathing Pokémon are reaching new prices.

A rare first-edition holographic Charizard card from the 1999 Pokémon Base Set just sold for $420,000 at auction — an all-time high for a base card of its kind, according to PWCC Marketplace, which recently sold the card at its premiere. March auction.

“This historic piece of art designed by renowned artist Mitsuhiro Arita is easily the most recognizable Pokémon card ever created,” the trading card exchange wrote of the praised Japanese illustrator.

On a scale of zero to 10, the card boasts a perfect, mint condition rating, and of the 3,000 copies of this card, only 121 hold up to that score, PWCC noted in the item description on its website.

“Pokémon is the number one media brand in the world and Charizard is the GOAT of that brand. It’s an asset that both Pokémon and non-Pokémon collectors know and want to own,” Jesse Craig, director of business development for PWCC, told CNN in a statement.

“This is a map where demand continues to outweigh supply,” Craig added.

The card has attracted increasingly competitive offers in recent years, including one that sold for $336,000 earlier this month. In late 2020, a Charizard card of a similar variety sold for a total of $360,000, including a buyer’s premium.

Its hype was likely boosted earlier that year by retired rapper Logic, who notoriously paid over $220,000 for another first edition Charizard card, while YouTuber and budding fighter Logan Paul also reportedly shelled out $216,000 for a box of Pokémon Base Set cards.

And one of the best-selling Charizard cards last year cost over $490,000.

New York Post

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